Medieval Monday with Jenna Jaxon

This is the penultimate excerpt I’ll be sharing in the Villains theme.  I hope you’ve enjoyed them as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing them.  I’m leaving you with Jenna Jaxon’s Beleaguered.

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Aye,” Geoffrey said as he backed out of the room, pushing Alyse behind him, “although I little thought you so eager for your grave.”

“I am eager for Alyse’s warm bed, Seigneur, as you apparently are for a cold one.” Guy entered the Great Hall, his gaze darting over Geoffrey’s sword, stance, and stride as they sparred with words instead of swords.

Swords would come soon enough. Geoffrey relished the thought for he had itched to engage this cocky knave in single combat in June. The man might put up a good fight, but he would not prevail. “I fear your only bedmates this evening will be the worms that come to dine on you, Sir Guy. Enjoy their caresses if you will.”

Blurb: When death holds sway in the world, can even the greatest love survive?

Finally in France, Alyse and Thomas’s passion for one another continues to smolder hot and deep—until one fateful encounter changes everything.

During a formal banquet, Alyse must share an intimate dance her first love. His searing touch proves Alyse’s desire for him is as strong as when they first met. Tormented by this revelation, Alyse is bitterly torn between the love of her life and her love for her husband.

Into this agonizing situation, the disaster of the Black Death rears its head. Alyse, Thomas and Geoffrey must try to save the princess from the ravening disease but at a dire cost to themselves. With her world plunged into chaos, Alyse struggles with her feelings for both of the men she loves. But which love will survive?

Amazon Buy Link for Beleaguered: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LR5WDKC

Next week Jenna is back at her own blog for the exciting end of the excerpt! https://jennajaxon.wordpress.com

 

I’ll be sharing the final excerpt from The Saxon Outlaw’s Revenge.  Hope to see you then!

Medieval Monday Sherry Ewing’s villain

It’s Bank Holiday so why not relax with a spot of Medieval romance.  Here with me today is Sherry Ewing and an excerpt from A Knight to Call My Own.

When your heart is broken, is love still worth the risk?

Lynet of clan MacLaren knows how it feels to love someone and not have that love returned. After waiting for six long years, she has given up hope of Ian’s return. Her brother-in-law, the Devil’s Dragon of Berwyck, is tired of waiting for her to choose a husband and has decided a competition for the right to wed Lynet is just the thing his willful charge needs to force her hand.

Ian MacGillivray has returned to Berwyck Castle in search of a bride and who better than the young girl who cared for him all those years ago. But Lynet is anything but an easy conquest and he will need more than charm to win her hand in marriage.

From the English borders to the Highlands of Scotland, the chase is on for who will claim the fair Lynet. The price paid will indeed be high to ensure her safety and even higher to win her love.

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She looked at him with enough skepticism to doubt his honor that he would not harm her. She could not for the life of her figure out why he had not already taken advantage of her and lay claim to her maidenhood. “Then why tie my hands? Surely, you can see the meaning of this foolishness if you continue to keep me hostage.”

“Precisely why I will leave you unharmed, lest you test me further. Think you Dristan of Berwyck will be lenient if he knows I do not return you in the same exact condition as when you left his keep?”

“Take me home,” Lynet demanded.

He paid her no mind as he reached for the reins. With a tap of his heel into the side of his horse, the animal bolted into motion. His men followed close behind.

 

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Medieval Monday Rue Allyn

We’re nearing the end of our Villains theme.  I do hope you’re enjoying them.

Today I’m hosting Rue Allyn with an excerpt from Knight Errant.

Blurb: If Sir Robert Clarwyn can’t find a way to compel Lady Juliana Verault to return to England, he’ll lose any chance of regaining his family lands and redeeming his heritage. Yet Juliana must complete her mission to improve her gender’s future in the church. With danger and intrigue mounting, Robert and Juliana must rely on each other and risk everything … including their hearts.

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“How quaint. Lies, disobedience, envy”—he cast a glance at the rumpled beds—“lust, and worst of all, heresy. Woman, you cannot fail to commit sin.” The smile left his face abruptly. “Come.”

He turned to pull her from the room.

Juliana struck. Her blade sank into his flesh and glanced off the shoulder bone.

Basti howled.

She ran for the window, scrambled onto the ledge, and looked down. There was nothing but a straight drop. Death from the fall or death from Basti? She took a deep breath and leaned forward.

Next week we pick up the story in, our hero, Robert’s point of view.

Add a comment and let me know what you think.. Follow along next week by checking out Jenna Jaxon’s blog for excerpt # 11 https://jennajaxon.wordpress.com

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Medieval Monday

Bob Geldof sang that he didn’t like Mondays but I do because it means another Medieval Monday excerpt.  Today I’m hosting Lane McFarland.

The Daughters of Alastair MacDougall Series

Set in late thirteenth century Scotland, this series tells the stories of Laird Alastair MacDougall’s four independent and oftentimes, headstrong daughters coming of age in a country fraught with war and feuds amongst rival clans. Follow his daughters as their lives become intertwined with four fierce, rebel highland warriors bent on eradicating the English soldiers from their homeland.

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Who said life was fair? Certainly not Lindsey MacDougall. She rebels at a world dominated by men. Dressed in lad’s clothing, she manages her father’s stables, caring for, breeding and selling horses. Unwavering on performing her duty to the rebellion, Lindsey throws caution to the wind and secretly delivers missives behind enemy lines to the Scottish warriors.

Logan Ross uses his happy-go-lucky smile to warm the hearts of many willing lasses, but it also masks his pain—the pain of his birth. As a bastard son, he is unacceptable for any Laird’s daughter, including the spirited Lindsey MacDougall. However, she haunts his dreams. Determined to prove his worth, he throws himself into the middle of the rebellion, leading men into mortal danger.

After helping Logan escape from a brutal English dungeon, Lindsey fights her traitorous attraction to the virile highland warrior, vowing never to lose her heart to any man.

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Her pulse pounded in her ears, and she trembled with rage. She wanted to pounce on him, grab his blade, and sink it into his gut. Straining to gain composure, she turned her back on the men and set her basket on the floor. Her hand trembled as she inhaled the putrid air and struggled to calm her nerves. She must maintain her heartless pretense, appear untouched by the savagery. Biting the side of her lip, she rummaged through the jars and extracted the healing salves.

Chains rattled behind her. Thumps of dead weight and groans indicated the guard had freed the men. As he marched from the cell, he cast a look at Lindsey and slammed the door. The lock clunked, and his booted footsteps grew quieter as he strode away.

Follow along next week by checking out Jenna Jaxon’s blog with excerpt #10 https://jennajaxon.wordpress.com/

 

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Medieval Monday. Meet Bambi Lynn’s villain!

Here’s today’s wonderful excerpt from Bambi Lynn.  It comes from Lucan in her Gods of the Highlands series.

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He was bone tired and deafened by the constant ringing in his ears. His arms ached. His lungs threatened to burst with the struggle to breathe. But Lucan fought like a man possessed. He was covered in blood, none of it his own. He parried and spun, blocking and hacking. Behind him, Camulus was a killing machine. He took down one man after another, a claymore in one hand, a billhook in the other.

Follow along next week by checking out Jenna Jaxon’s blog with excerpt #9

Blurb:

Neala Comyn, wife of a powerful laird, wants to end the pain and suffering of an abusive marriage. She is a woman without hope, believing God has forsaken her. When she is kidnapped by a rival laird who claims to be a god himself, her faith is further shaken. Could Lucan Munro be the salvation she has prayed for? Or will her sins condemn her to eternal damnation?

Lucan Munro, has the power of a Celtic god. He can conjure his heart’s desire from thin air. But can he save the woman he loves from a demon hell-bent on claiming her soul?

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The Elisabeth Hobbes Singalong Playlist

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All my stories have theme songs that go with them.  I’ve never had a song in mind at the time I start writing but at some point I’ll hear something on the radio or my phone that will resonate with the plot or characters and that’ll be the song for that book.

Once I’ve got the song in my head it’s a useful way of getting into the mood for writing after a break (the curse of the part time writer) or getting out of the occasional block.  I can put it on, sing along and remind myself what grabbed me about it.  I can also amuse myself by imagining the film trailer using them when Hollywood comes calling.

I’ve mentioned what the song is in the author’s note for each book and way back when I started writing I posted the song for my first book but I thought it would be fun to put them all in one place.

Falling for Her Captor 

Something rocky to start with.  A hero who has buried himself inside the job he has to do for the man he hates to serve.  I love the opening chords on the organ, it sounds very Medieval.

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‘You take what they give you
And you keep it inside
Every spark of friendship and love will die without a home
Hear the soldier groan we’ll got it at alone

I can taste the fear
Lift me up and take me out of here
Don’t want to fight, don’t want to die
Just want to hear you cry’

A Wager for the Widow

A bit of The Boss.  If I had to choose an all time favourite song this would probably be it.

‘Don’t turn me home again, I just can’t face myself alone again
Don’t run back inside, darling, you know just what I’m here for
So you’re scared and you’re thinking that maybe we ain’t that young anymore
Show a little faith, there’s magic in the night
You ain’t a beauty but, hey, you’re alright
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You can hide ‘neath your covers and study your pain
Make crosses from your lovers, throw roses in the rain
Waste your summer praying in vain
For a savior to rise from these streets.’

 

Second chances, taking risks, a slow build to that intensely growly moment when the harmony kicks in, and Bruce.  What’s not to love?

 

 

The Blacksmith’s Wife

A marriage of convenience deserves a song of repressed and unrequited love.  This one is sung by the highly distinctive voice of Stevie Nicks.

Don’t keep me hangin’ on a string
Tell me what I feel is no big thing
Don’t turn away I’m listening
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Don’t give me visions to explain
There are no doubts I feel the strain
Of all my senses yearning
Over and over again

Every day I see you
Every day I need you
Every way I breathe you
On and on and on and on again… again.

The Saxon Outlaw’s Revenge

Two lovers who thought they’d never meet again.  Reunited on opposite sides of a conflict.  A mission of vengeance.  Time for a power ballad!

I finished crying in the instant that you left
But I can’t remember where or when or howSOR front
And I banished every memory you and I had ever made!
But when you touch me like this
And you hold me like that
I just have to admit
That it’s all coming back to me.

When I touch you like this
And I hold you like that
It’s so hard to believe but
It’s all coming back to me now.

Redeeming the Rogue Knight

I do have a song but I’m saving it for now.  When I get a cover I’ll share it.  Here’s the blurb.  If you think you know what it is, let me know in the comments.
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And there you have it.  The songs from the stories (or perhaps more accurately, the stories from the songs).  Hope you’ve enjoyed listening to them.  If you have other songs you think would suit the stories or characters I’d love to hear them.

Medieval Monday

We’re halfway through the Villains theme.  Are you enjoying it?  I know I’m loving getting to read and share some great excerpts.  Today’s comes from The Highlander’s English Woman by Ruth A. Casie

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Laura Reynolds is in love with her long-time friend, Jamie Maxwell Collins. She adores his playful sense of humor, caring nature as well as his strong sense of family and honor.

Jamie lives across the border in Scotland. Outwardly carefree, he hides a dark secret. He can’t involve Laura in this deception. He can’t give her hope for a future together.

Laura stumbles upon Jamie’s secret. In her heart of hearts she knows Jamie is innocent. Their relationship in tatters and with no hope of reconciliation, she plays a deadly game to exonerate Jamie, she agrees to a political marriage. She has no idea the entire game has been orchestrated by her future husband, Jamie’s greatest enemy.

 

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“Then we best return to the others. They’ll want to spend time with you, too.” They moved on toward the hall.

“I have no words, nothing to say to comfort you.” He could barely get the words out.

“Your presence is enough.”

He held back a nervous smile. He visited to give the family comfort. Instead, she comforted him.

“How are my Maxwell cousins?” Laura asked. Jamie guided her toward the great hall.

“They are well when I last saw them.”

Follow along next week by checking out Jenna Jaxon’s blog for excerpt #7

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Medieval Monday. Meet Cathy McRae’s villain

Today I’m delighted to share an excerpt from The Highlander’s French Bride by Cathy McRae.

Heir to a lairdship, Kinnon Macrory is driven to prove his worth by fighting the English on the battlefields of France. His dreams of heroic valor are destroyed by the realities of war—the atrocities visited by fellow soldiers on the very people he is sworn to protect. Three years in a French prison for a crime he did not commit leave Kinnon longing for the one thing of beauty in his war-torn life—a young woman of great kindness and wisdom named Melisende.

Melisende de la Roche struggles to stay one step ahead of soldiers who would imprison her for helping an injured Scotsman wrongly accused of treason. She finds refuge in her uncle’s shop—until a chance encounter sends her fleeing into the unknown once again, haunted by the beguiling friendship with the troubled young Scotsman she is certain she will never see again.

Determined to find the woman of his dreams, Kinnon returns to France, only to discover nothing more than a trail of clues to Melisende’s whereabouts. Their reunion will open the doors to passion, but half-truths and lies from the past could destroy the one thing they both are willing to fight for—each other.

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“As poor a mother as I may be, I do not wish to raise my daughter in such a world as I live in. She is old enough to interest some men who are fascinated by young girls. In my position, I would not be able to deny them.”

Melisende’s eyes widened in horror. “She is scarcely three years old! Please tell me . . .” She could not say the words, and her hand flew to her throat, attempting to relieve a choking sensation.

Lucienne shook her head. “Non. But it would be only a matter of time. I have seen the looks.”

“Lucienne, you do not have to go back.”

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Follow along for the next excerpt on Jenna Jaxon’s Medieval Monday blog March 20!

 

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A Chat With…Author Elisabeth Hobbes

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Today I am so pleased to have Harlequin and Mills and Boon author Elisabeth Hobbes chatting with me, so take a seat and let’s get to know a bit more about Elisabeth.

You can find me hanging around The Unlaced Bookclub on Facebook along with other Harlequin Historical authors. I grew up in York where I spent most of my teenage years wandering around the city looking for a handsome Roman or Viking to sweep me off my feet. Sadly it never happened but I developed a love of the past and went on to read History and Art History at university before venturing into the world of teaching. I live in Cheshire with my husband, two young children and two cats with ridiculous names because the car broke down here in 1999 and I never left.
I love historical fiction and have a fondness for dark haired, bearded heroes. When I’m…

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Medieval Monday- Laurel O’Donnell

Are you enjoying the Villain theme?  Here’s another excerpt, this time from Angel’s assassin by Laurel O’Donnell.

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Roke grinned, leaning back in his chair. “You see? No one but you would dare to speak to me thus. So I waited. I am, if nothing else, a patient man. And then came that day. So long ago. So very long ago. When I sent you out to kill Margaret.”

Margaret? For a moment, Damien didn’t know of whom he spoke. He had killed many in his years of servitude to Roke. Margaret. Then he realized. He was speaking of Aurora’s mother.

“I remember you came back after killing her and there was something different about you.”

Damien forced himself to relax even though every fiber in his body remembered. It was even more painful now, realizing he had killed Aurora’s mother, that he had hurt Aurora by taking her mother’s life.

 

Blurb: Damien is an assassin, a man with no home and a tortured past. Sold into slavery as a young boy, he is trained to kill with cold calculation, without remorse. As a reward for his ruthless success, he is given a chance to earn his freedom from his cruel master. One last mission. One final person to slay…

Lady Aurora of Acquitaine is the epitome of purity and goodness, beloved by all her people. She lives her life trying to atone for her mother’s cruelty by being a fair and just ruler. Secretly she fears that one day her mother’s murderer will return for her.

When Damien enters Aurora’s life, tempting her with promises of dark passion and forbidden lust, he threatens to tear her peaceful world apart with shadowy secrets of his own.

Can Aurora’s light heal Damien’s dark spirit or will his evil consume her? The eternal battle of good versus evil, love versus hate, dark versus light, all come to a shattering climax in this historical romance set in medieval England.

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